Today I worshipped
And shiny glass bits
Washed up on shore.
Green and purple
Glass, edges rounded,
Tossed up by pounding waves.
Child’s treasure. Burnished glass
And pebble stones
Worn smooth at lakes edge.
Today I worshipped.
And the stones
Cried out his praises,
While I hunted treasures
With a little boy.
Today started off with suture removal. It had been 5 days and I figured that since she said 5 to 7 days that meant my little incision would have been pretty much healed up. I’m afraid my pristine beauty has now been marred by my rushing things. The incision –the one up by my hairline – opened up. I am now closed up with superglue and a bandaid. Not quite what I had intended but that is how life goes I guess. Nice to have a Dr hubby on mornings like this.
Started cooking the meat for tourtiere and finished off my writing for the Advent Candle lighting tomorrow. Then a little ballerina arrived. She was dressed all in pink and we began what ended up being a day spent together. We all went out to choose trees and threw three of them on top of my little Matrix with the car top carriers. Delivered them. Went for lunch at McD’s and then for groceries. Interesting, grocery shopping with a 3 year old. She decided that she needed a bag of marshmallows. She wanted to ride in the cart, then out of it, then hung on behind for awhile. She held the list and we did manage to get everything on it and make it to church for music practice in time.
At worship practice we were treated to an hour of interpretive dance and attempts to help Birdie play the organ. Mrs. Birdie was most tolerant, bless her.
One week left till Christmas. Lots left to do I’m afraid.
I have not dropped off the planet.
It just feels as if the planet has dropped on me some days. This house of mine has been so busy over the summer that I have scarcely had time to keep track of everyone and who would be here to eat the next meal. so blogging has been on hold.
We had great visitors though. And it was a good summer. Just busy.
There were Rachelle, Asen and Ronin for a few weeks, Father Marcel who as I write is on a plane back to Belgium after almost 3 months(where did that time go so fast?), Nan who has come to live with us, Christian in and out, soon to be back, Grace and Zaka as their house is renovated. And then short visits from Faith and Hugh and their daughter Amie, Steve and baby Aya. Other family members showed up to see them too.
Many, many barbeques have been held in our back yard. Plus an ice cream social for the whole church.
Yep its been busy.
Now the busyness of class starts again. Two weeks in already and as essay due next weekend. Preaching tomorrow. Internship part time, dentistry part time, full time mom and grandma. That’s my life.
The party was a success. Two boys ate cake and opened presents and were happy. The weather held out long enough for the kids to run around in the yard for awhile. Long enough for them to make my mosquito zapper disappear. I found it this morning hanging by its cord over the waterfall in the pond. Maybe it is better to leave it on its very short cord than to hang it up with a longer one that could have let it be tipped into the pond.
The house was quite literally full of people. Last count I did came to 38.
We had enough food, two cakes sufficed and there are even leftovers.
Part way through the party Christian and the band showed up – on their way up to Elk Ridge so they joined in for a few minutes as well.
Today was incredibly quiet.
R and A left camping with two of the boys. I finished a late paper and sent it off. Then after lunch I lay down for a nap. And I slept. Right through the come and go anniversary tea for friends. I felt bad for missing it but I guess I had been partied out and needed the sleep.
Spring has come. It comes so fast. Each year I plan on getting out into the country to pick pussy willows and see the crocuses come up. And for the past few years I have missed all of that. It happens and then is gone. This year I am going. Today should be quiet enough for me to maybe pack up some of the grandkids and go pussy willow hunting.
The fuzzy little creatures are already appearing in the trees next to my office. The sun is shining and the weather should be perfect.
Today has been full of busy work. Good stuff to do but the day seems too short by the end – Bread ministry, staff meeting, School volunteering, picking up grandkids, another meeting tonight.
The longest part of the day may have been the half hour wait to pick up some KFC. I had the kids with me and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Till we had waited over half an hour by the time we got to the window to pay and pick up food only to be informed that if we wanted to we could wait another 15 minutes and then our order might be ready. Seemed a bit much so I declined and headed over to another chicken joint where we got our chicken and were home within 15 minutes. May be the last time I line up at KFC. Meanwhile the kids were super about the long wait in the car and were happily playing with each other. They were very hungry though when we did sit down to eat. Cleaned up their plates in no time.
At the meeting tonight we took on cleaning out a cupboard at the church. Sent a lot of really outdated Sunday School material to the recycle bin. Chucked a few vinyl records of someone telling stories and singing the choruses to go with the lessons. Really dated stuff. But there is some good stuff there too. We just do not have the number of kids of all ages to use the material but if anyone could use it – I would love to pack it up and ship it off to someone who would use it. We have some stuff by Groups, Hands on Bible Curriculum. 1997 that is still very usable. Curriculum plus learning labs full of active things to do. From toddler to Grades 5/6. Say the word, give me an address to ship it to and it is yours! It is not getting any younger!
We also have a couple of sets of curriculum for use with mentally challenged adults – very good stuff. We don’t have a need for this right now and would love to share it with anyone who needs this.
And that has been my day. Tomorrow I will be trying to put together a power point presentation to use at our church’s mortgage burning banquet on Dec. 5. Why didn’t people take more pictures back then? I may have to get creative and take random pictures of construction sites!
…but it has been a busy couple of days. We spent Sunday in Toronto with Rachelle and Asen celebrating Ronin’s third birthday. It was a party! We crossed over to the island on the ferry and had a picnic in the park, went swimming, ate cake, opened lots and lots of presents, and rode rides.
Then the next day – back to Prince Albert. We still have a bit of catching up from jet lag (as you might be able to tell since I am up at 4 am.) but Leo is already back into the midst of work. I have a few more days off – yipee!
My first day back, I spent most of it at the hospital with Auntie F. She will need to get some pins out of an old hip fracture since she is having quite a lot of pain and there are lots of tests in preparation for this surgery that we had to complete. I was exhausted by the end of the visit. She was totally wiped out!
Today, I acquired a new hairdo (radical change for me) and ran errands. I have also been reinstalling programs on my laptop. I was having a problem using one of my usb ports – everything would shut down – so the operating system was reinstalled. I’ve spent a lot of time putting things back on and retrieving stuff from the back up. It is mostly done now, I think.
Last night I began working on some of our photos and will work some more on that today. The best ones, I’ll post in sets on Flikr. Watch for them.
Now, maybe I should try and get some more sleep.